About the Book

How the Chinese Dream and the American Destiny Create a Pacific New World Order


Peaceful War book coverPeaceful War is an epic analysis of the unfolding drama between the inevitable forces of the Chinese dream and the American destiny. Just as the American experiment evolved, Deng Xiaoping’s China has been using “Hamiltonian means to Jeffersonian ends” to capture the American Dream, which was recently reinvented by President Xi Jinping as the Chinese dream to continue Deng’s new experiment. With a possible “fiscal cliff” in America and a “social cliff” in China, the author explores the history of Sino-American relations to see the future prospects: that Beijing and Washington shall return to their long-forgotten love affair in trade-for-peace era and eventually create a pacific New World Order with President Barack Obama’s Asia pivot strategy and the new Silk Road plan of President Xi. The key question is: will China in time develop into a democratic nation by rewriting the American Dream in Chinese characters, and how?


Foreword by Jack Goldstone

Prologue: Sino-American Relations

A Sino-American Journey

Part One: Pacific Renaissance

1. The American Dream in China

Part Two: Nature’s God and the Mandate of Heaven

2. One Vision, Two Philosophies
3. From the Forbidden City to the Federal City

Part Three: The Great Drama in the Indo-Pacific Region

4. China’s Manifest Destiny in the Indian Ocean
5. The Ménluó Doctrine and the Asia Pivot Policy
6. The String of Pearls and the Colombo Consensus

Part Four: Chinese Destiny in America

7. Birth of a Pacific New World Order



Photo of Patrick MendisPatrick Mendis is a distinguished senior fellow and an affiliate professor of public and international affairs at George Mason University’s School of Public Policy. He also serves as a distinguished visiting professor of international relations at the Center for American Studies in the Guangdong University of Foreign Studies in Guangzhou, China. An alumnus of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Mendis has worked for the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Defense, Energy, and State as well as the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the World Bank, and the United Nations. He is a commissioner of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO, an advisor to Harvard International Review, and a fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science.